The ROTARY CLUB OF CALCUTTA now in its 96th year was organised on the 26th September
1919 and received its Charter on 1st January 1920 (charter No. 587)
At its inception it was the only Rotary club between the English Channel and the South China
Seas, there being only two others in Asia, viz. Manila and Shanghai, both organised in 1919 a
few months prior to Calcutta.
However Manila became inoperative for four years during World War II and Shanghai
having gone out of existence after the 1935 communist takeover, has only recently been granted a
provisional status. This makes our club the longest continuing Rotary club in Asia with 95 years of uninterrupted service.
We held our 4500th Regular Weekly meeting on 22-July-2014. Indeed, we can claim to be in
existence even before Rotary officially changed its name to "Rotary International” in 1922.
We are also one of the few clubs having its unique Presidential badge. The emblem itself depicts
in red, the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self". Below is a crown reminiscent of the British
legacy of 1919. Two adjutant storks, typical of the Gangetic plains stand guard on either side.
Inside are two green palm trees - commonly found in these parts. We see the British Lion
insignia in red in between and below it a sailing ship which connected Calcutta with distant
shores. At the bottom is the Presidential motto inscribed in Latin, "Per Ardua Stabiles Esto."
(Be firm in adversity).